*The highest lead poisoning risk for children is exposure to lead paint dust and chips from lead paint in old houses, and soil contaminated with lead.
*Lead poisoning can have long term effects on learning and behavior.
*Removing old lead paint can be dangerous-- Learn how to renovate safely.
*Most children who have lead poisoning show no symptoms. The only way to know is to do a blood test.
*The best treatment for lead poisoning is to get rid of the source of the lead or prevent lead hazards.
*Good nutrition, meaning foods high in calcium, iron and vitamin C and low in fat, can prevent lead from causing harm in the body.
*Washing children's hands frequently, before eating and napping and after play, can decrease the chances of getting lead dust getting into their bodies.
*Use a wet rag, paper towel or wet mop to wash dust and loose paint chips from window wells, woodwork, and floors. Use a household detergent and rinse with clean water.